Our 263rd Dad in the Limelight is John Goldberg. I want to thank John for being a part of this series. It has been great getting connected with him and now sharing him with all of you.
1) Tell me about yourself, (as well as how you are in the limelight for my readers knowledge)
I am a teacher, trainer and speaker. I present to groups as small as a half dozen and as large as hundreds, maybe thousands.
2) Tell me about your family
I am sixty-three-year-old first-time father of a seven-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy. They are the light of my life.
3) What has been the largest challenge you have had in being a father?
Having as much time as I would like to spend with my kids. Two years ago, when our family was about to get bigger, we needed a larger home. The mortgage is killing me. I’m working five jobs to make ends meet, which leaves me a whole lot less time to spend with my kids than I would like.
4) What advice would you give to other fathers?
The most important thing in life is your kids.
5) Seeing that you (or your position) are in the limelight, how have you come to balance parenthood and outside life? If you are currently not in the limelight per se, please still answer this in regards to how you balance parenthood and outside life.
Nights and weekends when I am not working I spend as much time as possible doing fun and educational things with my kids.
6) What have you learned from the fathers that you have interacted with?
The most important thing I learned was the football hold with babies who have gas.
7) What else would you share regarding your experiences as a father thus far?
It is the hardest and most wonderful thing I’ve ever done.
8) What have been the most memorable experiences that you have had thus far as a parent?
When my daughter was three years old she saw a McCain-Obama debate and said she wanted to be a senator. When I took her to the party for the incoming president of the California State Senate my daughter walked up to him, stuck out her hand and said she wanted to be a senator. He said “You could be a senator”, and his fundraiser told me to “Start raising money now, dad”.
If you have any questions for John, please leave a comment here and I will make sure that he gets them so that he may be able to respond!